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Gateway to Heaven

4.25  ·  Rating Details ·  8 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Gateway to Heaven invites us to share the memories of some of those who were at the forefront of the struggle for lesbian and gay equality in the UK, as well as others who led more private lives. With contributions from forty-six individuals, this lively and moving book casts light on a neglected area of history.

Clare Summerskill first gathered these life stories while pro
Paperback, 232 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by Tollington
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Jessica Gaskin
Aug 27, 2013 Jessica Gaskin rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club, lgbt
This is a really interesting collection of personal memories of being gay in Britain at different points in the recent (and not as recent) past. The structure of the book is really useful, rather than going in chronological order or person by person, each chapter is focussed around a theme. Summerskill introduces the theme with context, for example of the political movements, the law or socialising. This really helps to understand the some of the differing feelings between contributors of ...more
Oct 24, 2016 Caroline rated it it was amazing
I read this book a while ago and the content has stayed with me. Near term social history is so easily forgotten this captures the story of an age. Fascinating.
Mar 22, 2013 Johanne rated it really liked it
Very interesting - a reminder of how far LGBT rights have come and how things were in the bad old days. Some really interesting stories particularly around the political struggles and some horrendous stories of abuse and the general lack of rights and support. Also a good reminder both not to be complacent and how quickly attitudes can change - one of the interviewees was German and had come to Britain on the Kindertransport - she perceives any period of economic & social difficulties as a ...more
Sep 29, 2015 Ellen rated it it was amazing
A fascinating and insightful collection of interviews with LGB members concerning their lives between the forties and nineties. Well structured and informative as well as entertaining in places. I thoroughly recommend this book to any one with an interest in LGBT history, especially younger people wanting to discover more about those who helped pave the way for us today.
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